by Chip Thayer
Annapolis to Newport 2011 has seen all of the First Out of the Bay winners been decided with the exclusion of the Cruiser class and for that group, the AYC Commodore Torgerson and the crew aboard Dragon seem poised for a victory.
Annapolis to Newport Race 2011
Wharf Rat has now taken the PHRF II trophy and was followed by Integrity and Spirit while Bingo took PHRF III, followed by Belle Aurore and Razor’s Edge.
The wind at the Bridge-Tunnel late this afternoon has been frustratingly light – four knots gusting up to five from the ENE. Twenty miles offshore at the Chesapeake Tower turning mark it’s only a little betterm eight knots from the NNW.
Meanwhile out in the ocean the fleet is demonstrating one of the things that makes this race so much fun to sail – decisions, decisions. The race presents so many tactical choices – one of them is with the wind ahead should we tack inshore or head further out to sea.
Sometimes, when the wind is light, the race has been won by short tacking close to the coast to take advantage of thermals – on-shore during the day and from the shore at night. Other times it pays to head offshore to find some breeze. We shall see.
Two boats have retired – Donnybrook as reported earlier and now Downtime – IRC II.